Human Rights Commission Summons IGP Over Arrest of Peaceful Demonstrators

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The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) has summoned the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to appear before the commission on May 4th, 2023.

According to a statement issued on Thursday, 27th April 2023, UHRC Chairperson Mariam Wangadya expressed concern that police continue to violently disrupt lawful gatherings and peaceful demonstrations.

“Whereas your attendance is required in response to the allegation of violently stopping lawful gatherings and peaceful demonstrations contrary to articles 29(a), (d), and (e) and 221 of the constitution,” the statement reads.

In the statement, the chairperson summoned IGP Martin Okoth Ochola over the continuous harassment and brutality meted out against female Members of Parliament by police.

“You are required by this summons to appear before this commission on the 4th day of May 2023 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning or afternoon to respond to the allegations at the commission’s Central Region office, Plot 55 Katalima Road, Naguru,” the statement reads.

Several lawmakers in parliament, including the deputy Speaker, Thomas Tayebwa, the Leader of Opposition, Mathias Mpuuga, and the Internal Affairs Minister, condemned the harassment of opposition female legislators by security agencies.

During a protest against the continued harassment of colleagues by security, at least 11 legislators were arrested on Thursday morning.

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